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Are Mega Millions sales really that bad now?

Poo Nanny's avatar - 2649029

What happened to the Mega Millions sales? Last nights draw the prize amount was 226 million and with no winner it only increased to 252 million. That seems low to me when compared to the past drawings. The current Mega Millions prize is on it's 18th draw and about two years ago, that amount of draws with no winner would have most likely had a billion dollar prize amount. Is it lottery fatigue or is it the new matrix that people quit playing as much?

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It could be all the above plus, may-be, people are getting tired of the same places winning.  Ca. Had 4 second tier wins in a row.  The wealth need to be spread out to other places to keep people interested.  The new millionaire's club game started yesterday too, and if that is the case, people want more winners.

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The $100 million jackpot mark was usually when casual lottery players jumped in and started buying tickets. $100 million jackpots were rare but now it seems like a $100 million jackpot happens every month. Powerball needs only 6 rollovers to hit the $100 million mark. So if you miss a $100 million jackpot, just wait about a month and you'll get another opportunity. There is no sense of urgency like before for casual players.

Now the jackpots need to be $250 mil or more to get the casual player's attention. Me personally, I play every drawing because winning any jackpot amount means I'm set.

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Oddly enough I am really surprised that there was no jackpot winner friday night.

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In response to bigbear29

I Agree!

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It takes a rare jackpot to spike sales. We haven't seen that in awhile.

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I Agree! And.... PB beats the pants off of MM... Time for MM to go away... One game starting at 50M 4x per week with PB odds and Megaplier type payouts... Is it possible?

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California has been losing on purpose.  They've got their cheat codes ready and setting themselves up for the big one.

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I live in California. I need some of that luck, it seems the central valley and bay areas are winning the most. SoCal needs love.

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In response to Poo Nanny

Sales were $44,498,322 for last night compared to the 3/14/2014 sales of $43,702,292 for a $240 million jackpot. And is more than the $36,816,769 in sales for a $230 million jackpot on 11/29/2013. The $230 jackpot was increased to $270 million and the $230 jackpot went to $257 million. It sure looks to me like the sales for last night's $224 jackpot were HIGHER than larger jackpots and jackpot increases were about the same.

"The current Mega Millions prize is on it's 18th draw and about two years ago, that amount of draws with no winner would have most likely had a billion dollar prize amount."

Two years ago the jackpot was $21 million, but about a year ago the jackpot for the 18th draw $257 million. The record $636 million jackpot was hit on the 22nd drawing and the $400 million jackpot was hit on the 21st. And you're saying sales are poor because the jackpot isn't a $1 billion on 18th drawing?

"Is it lottery fatigue or is it the new matrix that people quit playing as much?"

Only for the players that ignore the facts to create an error filled conspiracy theory.

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In response to Stack47

Stack47, where are you pulling those sales numbers from?

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In response to Stack47

You're only looking at one drawing here or there. The sales at the start of a run are much lower even with more states.

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WOW! You guys really get into the statistics!  I don't know how to do all that. I just buy a ticket every now and then. And I only buy ONE. I do invest in the megaplyer or power up. I don't care how much it is because I know any win would be awesome :)

 

If the jackpot is so high that it's all the talk on the news and at work and etc., then I make sure I don't miss buying at least one ticket. I'd rather not win if it's so high unless I have the option to remain anonymous. That's not an option here in Georgia, so I go 2 minutes across the Savannah River and grab a ticket in South Carolina where you CAN be anon. The last hue jackpot was won in Lexington, SC and the guy remained anonymous. He said his wife called him and asked him to pick up some hot dog buns so he pulled over and got some gas, hot dog buns, and a lottery ticket.  Best call his wife ever made LOL! What got me is, it's the same gas station I go to every friggen week to get gas and lottery tickets because I get off of I-20 there to go to work. So yes I was freaking out when they said it was THAT gas station that sold the ticket.  PLUS, I couldn't find my ticket!! It was in my locker at work! LOL!!

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In response to Theox-

Lotto Report.

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In response to Toronto

You really ought to look at the sale figures before saying "The sales at the start of a run are much lower even with more states". The sales at the start of this right are HIGHER than the last two runs. Where are you getting your figures?

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